18-05 - Patrick Heron_L
Share this article

Tate St Ives celebrates one of Britain’s most acclaimed artist Patrick Heron in a retrospective exhibition of his work.

One of the most significant and innovative figures in twentieth-century British art, Heron played a major role in the development of post-war abstract art. Equally talented as painter and writer, he produced some of the most vibrant and vivacious explorations of Cornish light and colour from his house, Eagle’s Nest, on the rugged coast west of St Ives. 

Occupying new galleries in the fresh extension of the Tate St Ives complex, this is the first major show of Patrick Heron (1920-99) for two decades. The exhibition, which stretches through over 50 years of work from the 1940s to the artist’s death at the very end of the 20th century, provides a rare opportunity to experience the scope and ambitious scale of Heron’s painting as well as his consistent attachment to the subject of colour.

Rather than being a conventional retrospective, with a chronological display, this show is a succession of spaces and juxtapositions across the full breadth of his career to encourage a new understanding of his achievement as an artist and the creative processes he followed.

Patrick Heron
Tate St Ives
19 May – 30 September 2018